Pittsburgh students take a ‘180’ turn in reading program

A school district in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has recently implemented a new program to help junior high school students improve their reading and comprehension skills. The federally-funded program, called Read 180, teaches students reading skills and supplements the existing curriculum.

In the Read 180 classes, students spend 20 minutes each at three reading stations. One station is for independent learning and reading, and at another station, students use a computer program for vocabulary and spelling skills. The third station is a group for students to read together and discuss what they have read. This varied station model allows students to learn at their own rate and pace.

Read 180 classes also assess student’s skills through the use of frequent evaluations and testing. The program had 250 students this past year, and the program is set to expand to fifth and sixth grade levels as a result of the program’s success in the junior high schools.

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Armstrong School District students take a ‘180’ turn in reading program

By Renatta Signorini
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Maria Boltz is plowing through the book “The Blind Side” with no problem.

It’s just one improvement the seventh-grader’s mother, Sherri Boltz, has seen this school year.

“I’ve seen a huge, huge difference from sixth grade to seventh grade, she said.

Boltz attributes an improvement in her daughter’s grades and reading ability to Read 180, a program that was introduced into the Armstrong School District curriculum in the fall for students in seventh- through ninth-grades. The program is for students needing help in reading as demonstrated by past test scores.

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